In just one month, the Nigeria Customs Service in Kaduna claimed to have seized a truckload of donkey meat and 12 sacks of cannabis, totaling more than N250 million.
Speaking to Kaduna reporters, the Comptroller of Federal Operations Unit, Zone “B” Kaduna, Albashir Hamisu, said that the items were hidden in 2,348 sacks and 126 parcels with a duty value of N251,701 million paid.
Hamisu announced that its service recorded 144 seizures between February 24 and March 23, 2022.
He listed other items seized during that period, including 3,700 packages of tramadol and 460 packages of D6 tablets.
A banned substance called D5 which perform same function as tramadol was also confiscated and handed over to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency officials, he said.
He said the confiscation took place in the absence of NDLEA staff, and that inter-agency cooperation resulted in the items being handed over to the agency.
In addition, “the service seized 13 sacks of foreign new shoes, 514 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 18 cartons of milky creamer, and 11 cartons of foreign expired biscuits,” the source said.
Along with these items, the comptroller also identified 319 kegs of quality motor spirit, 65 kegs of foreign vegetable oil, and 336 sacks of foreign tobacco snuff.
He stated that one suspect had been detained in relation to the smuggling of donkey meat and had since been turned over to the Kaduna police command for additional investigation and prosecution.
However, Hamisu said the NCS will continue to do whatever is necessary to clean up Nigeria, along with FG’s stable policies to improve its citizens.
He urged patriotic Nigerians to trust and work with the NCS to provide credible information to fight smuggling in the region.